July 16, 2018

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Crime & Courts

Busy day in court sees motions in Bragg, Woolman and Smoot cases

Judge Parker handed down his ruling that he found no evidence of wrongdoing on Lesinski’s part. “It’s a solid win, a solid victory for our arguments,” Lesinski said at the time. “The judge didn’t see any merit in the pleadings and agreed with my counsel that charges didn’t rise to the level of meriting a trial.” […]

Land Use/Zoning

BOS approves tower lease for public safety paging system

In a letter, CWS declined the request, saying it chose that specific location to “maximize elevation, avoid sloping terrain and facilitate access to the tower compound.” The company, which already has a ground lease for the spot, also noted that it has spent “significant” time and money to determine the site’s viability. […]


Scrabble School museum among grant recipients

The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation received $10,000 for “Scrabble: A Rosenwald School as a Microcosm” project, which supplements staff and operating expenses needed to preserve the African-American school’s history and to share its legacy through public outreach and educational programs. […]

Real Estate

Rapp real estate market down and up

The number of real estate transactions in the heart of the Piedmont — Rappahannock, Fauquier, Culpeper and Madison — decreased 5 percent for the second quarter of 2018 as compared to 2017, and Rappahannock continues to see the sharpest decrease in activity. […]


A Noble Tree

Three hundred years; Of rings record times of; Growth and plenty; Draught and saving showers; Whispering dew and silent breezes. […]


Louis Moore and Moon Pie turn 100

Louis, a lifelong resident of the county, turned a century old on July 2, and as you can see in this photograph among his gifts was a box of Moon Pies, the tasty American confection born one year before Louis in 1917. […]

Sperryville Column

Remembering Buddy Whorton

The soul of a beloved local man now rests eternally in the arms of the Prince of Peace. Franklin Lee Whorton, better known to all as Buddy, leaves behind hundreds of mourners; his bereaved wife Betty, their children and grandchildren, and the countless lives he touched. […]


Devastating Fodderstack fire

The Fodderstack Road home of Mike McCormick and Carolyn McDowell was destroyed in a house fire on the night of July 3rd. Fire departments from as far away as Fauquier County came to assist local first responders in battling the blaze. […]

Letters to the Editor

‘Resounding’ Summer Chorus

Headwaters would like to thank all the people who helped make the second annual Summer Chorus a resounding success. To directors Wendy Aichele, Keith Hudspeth, and Kelsey Rose, thank you for leading the Chorus and encouraging the singers to be their best. […]

Letters to the Editor

After the rain

Of course, floods are not the only result of global warming. Wildfire, drought, stronger and more frequent hurricanes . . . the list of disasters from last year alone makes sobering reading. And the costs are astronomical: $306 billion last year. Global warming is the greatest challenge facing us as individuals, as a democracy, as a planet. Bar none. […]

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Foothills series

The “Work in Progress” article in the June 28 edition was outstanding. It was well written, amazingly well researched and easy to follow. My compliments. We subscribe and think this is a terrific paper and a jewel for the community. […]

Letters to the Editor

Airbnbs require government oversight

There are no standards and no process for ensuring that given standards would be met. One of the key functions of any government is to ensure the health and safety of its citizens. Travelers staying at facilities in the county must be confident that their personal health and safety will be secure. […]

Letters to the Editor

Is ‘Lock her up’ so awful?

On the parade route we did chant “USA! USA!” as a reflection of our patriotism and approval of our President’s success in making our nation strong again. USA is code for United States of America, not for “Lock her up.” […]

Rappahannock Weather

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

3:28 PM EDT on June 24, 2018
3:38 PM EDT on July 24, 2018
Tomorrow is forecast to be Much Cooler than today. Thunderstorms.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 20%
High 101° / Low 71°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the low 70s.
Tuesday 100%
High 84° / Low 63°
Thunderstorms. High 84F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall possibly over one inch.

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  • S on A Fraught Future?I'm 7th generation Rappahannock. I'm from a long line of farmers. I grew up poor...on a farm. We always had...
  • Hodge Miller on A Fraught Future?The multinational Agribusiness firms are pushing the family farms by the wayside. Before long family farms will be a distant...
  • Linda Wilmer on Work in ProgressExcellent article! My late father had deep roots in Rappahannock. Having gone to school there and relatives still living in...
  • Charles on Challenging the status quo"[A] groups (sic) whose membership is NOT published and whose meetings are NOT open to the public." Please reread NAACP...
  • Lee Gilbert on Hollowed out in the Hollow"...all the way up to the honey, eggs, and cider."

The Wild Ideas Nature Column

Wild Ideas: Slithery visitors  

The snake showed up in my yard, much to the consternation of my dog, Mollie. She cued me to the reptile’s presence with her fierce barking. Going outside, I found her a few feet from from the kitchen porch, yapping away at the snake, which was less than a yard away. […]

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